Brecht: A Practical Handbook
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback, 240 pages ISBN: 9781848425361Publication Date:
10 May 2018
Size: 210mm x 148mm£12.99 £10.39You save £2.60 (20%)
Ebook, 240 pages ISBN: 9781788500487Publication Date:
10 May 2018
£12.99 £10.39You save £2.60 (20%)

Brecht: A Practical Handbook

By David Zoob

Paperback £12.99£10.39

Ebook £12.99£10.39

A bold and exciting new approach to Bertolt Brecht, making his theories and ideas about theatre accessible to a new generation of actors, directors, students and theatre-makers, and showing how they can be put into practice.

Theatre practitioner and academic David Zoob demystifies Brecht's theories,  and offers an approach to study and performance that can be applied to a wide range of texts and theatre styles.

With close analysis of texts by writers including Shakespeare, Chekhov, Miller, Pinter, and of course Brecht himself, the author demonstrates how Brechtian techniques can provide practical pathways to exploring plays across the canon, as well as non-traditional forms of theatre.

Also included are dozens of exercises to help turn theory into practice, and explore what Brecht’s ideas mean for actors and directors, both in training and rehearsal.

Whether you're a student, a teacher, an actor or a theatre-maker, this book will change the way you view and work with Brecht.

'Zoob has engaged with Brecht’s many and varied principles for a politicised theatre and channelled them into a wide range of novel and innovative exercises that are applicable to a great many dramas and can equally interrogate devised material… Excellent' David Barnett, Professor of Theatre, University of York, and author of Brecht in Practice

Blog Post: 'The Head of Drama asked me if I would do a workshop on Brecht. She said that he was part of the A-level Theatre Studies syllabus and was almost impossible to teach. The students either didn't get him, or they hated him. Maybe they hated him because they didn’t get him.' Author David Zoob on why Brecht's ideas and theories are so baffling, and why they still matter. Read on >>

Press Quotes

'Brilliant… a fresh, energised approach [with] comprehensive exercises, playful games, script interpretations and plentiful opportunities for learning'

Drama Magazine

'Where David Zoob makes his mark is in demystifying the terminology and the practice, turning the unintelligible into the practical and allowing readers to gain a really good and deep understanding of what Brecht was trying to achieve and how his ideas can be applied to theatrical performances today… such is the breadth of Zoob's knowledge that anyone wishing to gain a greater understanding of acting and/or directing would do well to pick up a copy since they are just about guaranteed to learn something that will help them to work more effectively in future'

British Theatre Guide

'Demystifies Brecht in a straight-talking, deeply informed way… a fresh, energised approach'

Teaching Drama
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback,240 pages ISBN: 9781848425361Publication Date:
10 May 2018
Size: 210mm x 148mm£12.99 £10.39You save £2.60 (20%)
Ebook,240 pages ISBN: 9781788500487Publication Date:
10 May 2018
£12.99 £10.39You save £2.60 (20%)
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